Trip Reports

July 15 2017 - Veterans Home Show & Shine

June 3 2017 - Eagle Rock Scouting trip

May 19 2017 - Moab, day 4

May 18 2017 - Moab, day 3

May 17 2017 - Moab, day 2

May 16 2017 - Moab, day 1

May 6-2017 - Hackett Gulch

April 9 2017 - Chinaman's Gulch

Feb 25-2017 - Hackett Gulch

Dec 18, 2016 - Christmas Party 2016

Oct 12-15 2016 - Chile Challenge

Sept 10 2016 - Spring Creek

Sept 1-4 2016 - Dakota Territory Challenge 2016

July 2 2016 - Veteran's Home Show-n-Shine

June 18 2016 - Eagle Rock Work Trip

June 4 2016 - Eagle Rock Scouting trip

May 13 2016 - Moab: Top of The World , Day 4

May 12 2016 - Moab: Strike Ravine & Area BFE , Day 3

May 11 2016 - Moab: Metal Masher , Day 2

May 10 2016 - Moab: The Pickle , Day 1

May 10 2016 - Moab: Seven Mile Rim , Day 1

April 9 2016 - Chinaman's Gulch

Oct 25 2015 - Chinamans Gulch

Sept 23-26 2015 - Moab

Sept 4 2015 - Dakota Territory Challenge

August 22 2015 - Blanca Peak

Aug 8 2015 - Red Cone

July 25, 2015 - Holy Cross

June 28, 2015 - Eagle Rock Trail Cleanup

June 20 2015 - Twin Cone

June 13, 2015 - Metberry Bulch

May 16 2015 - Carnage BV

May 2, 2015 - Liberty

June 28, 2014 - Twin Cone

June 21, 2014 - Work Trip-Eagle Rock/Reynolds Wrap

May 17, 2014 - Rainbow Falls

May 4, 2014 - Independence Trails

April 27, 2014 - Chinaman Gulch

Trip Reports

Moab, day 3
Date: May 18 2017
Trip Leader: Mike
Members Present: Mike, Bob, Alex, Christine, Ben
Guests Present: Randy, Donavan, Jerry, Brandon
Picture Link: Mike's Cliffhanger photos              
Description: Cliffhanger

Kristine and Bryant are now with our group, but Ben still gets to drive Tiger Monkey. Weather cleared up and stayed that way all day, which was a great relief after the soaking we got yesterday. Randy was still waiting for his rig to get fixed, so he road with me again. Kristine took shotgun in Rock Monkey, and Bryant rode with Ben. Donavan and Brandon, and Bob and Jerry, rounded out our group.

We aired down on the road above the trail entrance because there was a group already in front. But they were in no hurry and let us sneak past them. It might have been they were waiting for someone to join them, or it might have been the big ledge below that slowed them down. Either way, the entrance gets your attention right off the bat, with stair-step ledges going down and finally crossing Kane Creek before we start climbing. It wasn't too deep, so we were able to make the first uphill obstacle without much trouble.

The first half of this trail is ledges along a narrow trail at some points and wide, flat slick rock at others. It crisscrosses the Amasa Back bike trail, and there were lots of MTBs on it today. Along with the amazing scenery, there are a number of ways to play on the rocks, and we did a lot of posing as we continued to climb. At one such ledge, the trail leader proved inept at getting gription, because he didn't air down enough at the beginning. The guy's got bead lock wheels and he didn't air down enough. Geesh. Finally this merry group found the narrowest section of the trail and a stunning view of Jackson Hole, which is the bottom of the huge horseshoe mesa we found ourselves skirting along the side. Here we glimpsed the potash plant, a railroad route, paved roads, and dirt trails. It's surreal from 1000ft above it all.

The most intimidating of the drop-ledges makes you want to hug the rock face as you slowly drop your front tires down off it. It takes patience and decent break-over angle to make it without scraping your undercarriage.

Next is a longer section away from the edge, but still enough technical places to keep you on your toes.

One such obstacle is a tippy spot that wants very much to roll you over. You must drive very slowly and purposely to get past it. I am sure it's my least favorite place on this trail for sure.

As we got closer to the overlook, we spotted several dozen UTVs already having lunch at the top. They must've seen us coming, because they were packing up and heading down as we found our stopping point next to them.

After a good lunch and goofing off too near the edge (Donavan and Brandon are way to comfy at the edge for my liking), we starting seeing another group of UTVs coming up, so that was our cue to skedaddle.

The way back was as awesome as the way up, and the big rock face hugging ledge has a different feel to it. But we made quick work of it as well as the other fun obstacles, and made it to the end of the trail with no real drama. That was when we realized it would be too late to try another trail today. So we invited the group over to our condo for a BBQ and a viewing of the pics and videos we'd taken thus far. On the way home, I dropped Randy off to get his now fixed rig, so that he could enjoy at least the last day in Moab. Today was a really fund day with no stress, and we were stoked for tomorrow...Pritchett Canyon!

Mike